European Tour mulls Ballesteros tribute


VIRGINIA WATER, United Kingdom, May 17- European Tour chiefs are mulling how to play permanent tribute to golf legend Seve Ballesteros following the Spanish player's death, a statement said on Tuesday.

Among options being considered are changing the European Tour logo to an image of Ballesteros, the five-time Major winner and former Ryder Cup captain who died on May 7 three years after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

"The sad death of Severiano Ballesteros has generated a wave of emotion regarding Seve’s unique contribution to the development of The European Tour, and the many ways in which the Tour could honour Seve’s memory," the European Tour statement said.

"An announcement will be made shortly regarding the Seve Trophy, to be played in September, and other options, including changing the Tour’s logo, are actively being considered for consultation with the tournament committee."

The European Tour statement was released just hours before a press conference to announce the winners of the bidding race for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are all vying for the right to host the prestigious golf team tournament which pits the United States against Europe every two years.

The event has been held in continental Europe only once before, when Ballesteros captained the Europeans to victory at Valderrama in Spain in 1997.

France is considered the favourite to win the bidding race, although there have been calls for the tour to honour Ballesteros by awarding the 2018 event to Spain.